Courses and events

Courses and events

Courses for Members

We offer a comprehensive programme of professional development training courses designed to keep bursars and members of the senior management team up-to-date with the key issues affecting independent schools. Most of these are held in the autumn and spring terms.

Many of our training courses are available to member schools only, however, certain courses may be available to non-members.  Please email us or phone us on 01256 330369 to see if you are eligible to attend.

Themed one-day events for our member schools:

  • Safer Recruitment (accredited)
  • Health and Safety Conference
  • Clerk to the Governors (in association with AGBIS)
  • HR Conference
  • Smaller Schools' Conference
  • Finance Conference
  • Estates Management Conference
  • Technology Conference
  • Consultancy Masterclass
  • Inspections Day

 New bursars' course (residential)

Newly appointed bursars of ISBA member schools can attend a residential two-day 'New Bursars' Course', run in early November each year, which provides a comprehensive introduction to all the issues facing bursars in independent schools.  Topics covered include the relationships between the chair of governors, head and bursar, the role of clerk to the governors, charity law and charity accounting, public benefit, inspections, safeguarding, employment law, health and safety and much more. 

Accredited health and safety courses

In association with ROSPA, accredited health and safety training makes a valuable contribution to a bursar's professional development portfolio.


The ISBA runs webinars from time to time on key issues facing the sector.

Courses open to non-member schools

The next "So you want to be a bursar?" course will take place on Thursday 12 September 2019  at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Basingstoke.  For further details and booking, please see below.

So you want to be a bursar? 12/09/2019 Crowne Plaza Hotel, Basingstoke This one-day briefing will inform and guide those who are considering a career in the independent sc... More information and to book